Cruise with a Disability

Wheelchair vanuatuCruising holidays can be a terrific option for people with disabilities, whether cane assisted or in a wheelchair. Everything on a ship is handy with lift access to all floors.

Tropical Holiday Deals consultant, Ian, has MS and is aware of the challenges travel can throw up for folk who are disabled.

The photo (right) was taken on Port Vila wharf, showing P&O Cruises Australia’s Rudolph Schramm and Jenny Clapham presenting Vanuatu official Maleb Anicet with a gift of much needed and appreciated medical supplies.

Each P&O ship has disabled cabins and access to public areas (bars, restaurants, casino, entertainment lounge etc) is easy.

In a nutshell:

  • All ports are wheelchair accessible.
  • P&O Cruises will make every effort to accommodate passengers with disabilities.
  • P&O must be notified of wheelchair usage and/or any special needs at the time of booking.
  • They have wheelchair-accessible cabins on all ships, subject to availability at the time of request (10 cabins with disabled facilities).
  • If you require a mobility device, you must provide your own. When taking a wheelchair, we highly recommend collapsible wheelchairs, as the width of cabin doors may vary. Some P&O Cruises ships have areas that are not wheelchair accessible.
  • It is important to note that access to tender ports may be restricted and this may limit tour options or restrict access to these ports. If you cannot get off the ship, there are still plenty of activities on board.
  • A number of shore tours are suitable for people with limited mobility. The shore tours staff can suggest suitable tour itineraries to accommodate passengers with mobility needs. Any additional costs incurred are the responsibility of the passenger.
  • If you are taking medication or have any medical condition, that should be advised at time of booking. If you will be taking medication on board, take enough for the cruise duration plus a couple of days, in case of a delay on return.
  • Each ship has a medical centre staffed by registered doctors and nurses, who are available during scheduled times. They also offer 24/7 assistance for medical emergencies.